A curved beam 'C-coupon' was used to assess fracture behavior in a Sylramic(tm)/melt infiltration (MI) SiC matrix composite. Failure stresses and fracture mechanisms, as determined by optical and scanning electron microstructural analysis, are compared with finite element stress calculations to analyze failure modes. Material microstructure was found to have a strong influence on mechanical behavior. Fracture occurs in interlaminar tension (ILT), provided that the ratio of ILT to tensile strength for the material is less than the ratio of radial to hoop stresses for the C-coupon geometry. Utilization of 3D architectures to improve interlaminar strength requires significant development efforts to incorporate through thickness fibers in regions with high curvatures while maintaining uniform thickness, radius, and microstructure.